Britney Spears will announce on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz has learned.
Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Femme Fatale." The tour begins June 17 in Sacramento and will play 26 arenas in the first round of dates to be announced. It is likely that more dates will be added.
The tour will be produced by Live Nation, with veteran pop tour promoter Brad Wavra, VP at Live Nation, running point. Wavra has previously steered successful tours by such acts as Backstreet Boys, 'Nsync and the Jonas Brothers.
Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Additional on-sale dates will be announced at a later date. Citi cardmembers will also have access to presale tickets through Citi's Private Pass Program.
Iglesias is currently on a European tour in support of his latest album "Euphoria," his first to feature songs in both Spanish and English. Iglesias will carry full production on the Spears tour. While two such high-profile artists with top-shelf production values is sure to be attractive to fans, such an endeavor is also very expensive to produce.
Spears' last run, the "Circus" tour in 2009, was a worldwide trek produced by AEG Live that grossed $120 million and drew more than 1.3 million people over 84 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. That tour was considered a comeback of sorts, and was the seventh-highest grossing tour in the world for that year. Larry Rudolph's Reign Deer Management, which manages Spears, is now affiliated with the Front Line Group of managers, a division of Live Nation Entertainment headed by LN chairman Irving Azoff. Spears is booked by John Marx at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Iglesias is booked by Creative Artists Agency.
June 17 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion
June 18 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
June 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
June 24 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
June 25 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand
June 28 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
June 29 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 1 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
July 4 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
July 6 St. Paul, MN Xcel Center
July 8 Chicago, IL United Center
July 12 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
July 13 Houston, TX Toyota Center
July 15 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
July 17 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
July 20 Orlando, FL Amway Center
July 22 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
July 26 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
July 28 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
July 30 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
July 31 Washington, DC Verizon Center
August 2 Uniondale, NJ Nassau Coliseum
August 5 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
August 8 Boston, MA TD Garden
August 11 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
August 13 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre